Country group Lady A and the singer Lady A have settled their lawsuit out of court.
Both the ‘Need You Now’ group – comprising Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – and solo artist Anita White filed a motion in a Nashville federal court on January 31 “to dismiss the litigation” surrounding their shared moniker.
As reported by Billboard, the “terms of the agreement, including who can continue to use what name or if any money changed hands, were not made public.”
Back in 2020, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to that of the blues singer in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, as the word Antebellum has associations to slavery in the US, and they later launched legal action against the solo artist over their shared moniker, asking for a declaration that they aren’t infringing on a trademark in using the name.
They claimed White “demanded a $10m payment” from them, and White claimed the action was taken to make her “look bad”, even though she planned to donate half the sum to charity and use the rest to rebrand herself.
She filed a countersuit against the band for “lost sales, diminished brand identity, and diminution in the value of and goodwill associated with the mark.”
White had spoken to frontwoman Hillary about the group’s proposed name change and warned her there would still be racist connotations but claimed the singer had no response.
And the singer wanted the group to change their name completely, which would prove they are true “allies”.
The group previously admitted they were “so naive” to have been known as Lady Antebellum for so long.
Charles admitted they had a “blind spot” for a long time about how offensive their moniker could have been to people.
He said: “I think the word to me that resonates the most this year has been ‘blind spot.’ And I think I am so guilty of…I didn’t think about it.
“You know, we came up with the name thinking about the antebellum home…I don’t know. It’s so naive now looking back, but I think, as we’ve grown up, we all have kids now.
“I mean, why now? Well, we’re a lot older, we look at the world a lot different. We’re trying to leave the world a little bit better, too, for our kids and the next generation. And we want to be a part of change.”